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National group hits Cooper with HB2 TV ad

A national conservative nonprofit group is launching a cable TV ad campaign criticizing Attorney General Roy Cooper for not defending House Bill 2, the law restricting LGBT protections.

The ad features animated male and female bathroom door stick figures and a girl narrator recounting the controversy that led up to Gov. Pat McCrory signing the bill into law this year. It concludes with the narrator saying, “Attorney General Roy Cooper should do his one job: defend North Carolina.”

The Faith and Freedom Coalition says the ad will run in Raleigh and Charlotte markets over the weekend beginning Friday. The campaign could be extended, a spokesman said.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition is a tax-exempt social welfare nonprofit organization founded by Ralph Reed in Georgia.

"Instead of working to protect our economy, Governor McCrory and the special interests funding his campaign have shown they will say anything to distract and mislead voters about the disastrous consequences of HB 2,” Cooper campaign spokesman Ford Porter emailed on Friday. “North Carolina families deserve better."

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO